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First national awareness day for Family Carers Ireland takes place today

In just over a decade, one in five Irish people will have to take on the role of caring for a loved-one at home.

That’s the prediction of Family Carers Ireland which is holding its first national awareness day today.

The group says family carers contribute over six and a half million hours of unpaid work per week, with little or no support from the state.

They’re calling today Shine a Light Day and are asking people to tweet using the #ShineALight.

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